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Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her "digital attic" - a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college....

Conservationists hope to bring beloved bird back
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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) -- The common loon's haunting wail that pierced the dusk on Massachusetts lakes disappeared long ago....

Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in upstate NY
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STAR LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally....

Floods kill at least 154 across China, leave scores missing
BEIJING (AP) -- Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, officials said Saturday, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood....

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said....

'Merciless' heat, humidity sticks to nearly all of US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it the United Sweats of America. A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. Not even the cool of night....

Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can't find any
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form....

5 years after shuttle, NASA awaits commercial crew capsules
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Five years after Atlantis completed the space shuttle program's final voyage, NASA is still at least a year away from launching its astronauts from U.S. soil....

Zika investigations eating up funds, Florida officials say
MIAMI (AP) -- Florida mosquito control officials worry they won't be able to keep up their efforts to contain the bugs that carry Zika without federal funding, even as concern mounts that the first infection from a mosquito bite on the U.S. mainland is near....

Group clones California's huge trees to fight climate change
CAMP NELSON, Calif. (AP) -- At the foot of a giant sequoia in California's Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease....